Typical household cleaning products do not always work effectively on rubber items, and frequently leave rubber handles and surfaces looking dingy and stained. Many all-purpose cleaning products, especially those containing bleach, can cause the rubber to disintegrate slowly over time. Cleaning your rubber handles and surfaces properly means that they will not only stay cleaner longer, but they will last longer as well. Keep items such as baking soda and glycerin on hand in your cleaning supplies, so you will be prepared to safely clean a variety of surfaces around your home.
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained areas of the rubber surfaces, but do not use baking soda on black rubber as it can leach color from the rubber. Allow the baking soda paste to sit on the rubber for up to 5 minutes.
Rinse the area with warm water and a soft cloth. Be sure to remove all of the baking soda paste from the rubber.
Apply a small amount of glycerin to a soft cloth. You can find glycerin at your local drug store or grocery store.
Rub the glycerin into the rubber gently. Glycerin cleans the rubber and treats it to resist dirt and water. Glycerin works well on stubborn stains that the baking soda paste may not remove completely.